By Leonard Lauriault
My wife and I have six children between us and they’re all just as sweet as they can be, each in their own way. While we were on vacation recently, God reminded me just how sweet the youngest (ours) is (without taking anything away from the older children) and that he grants us the desires of our heart when our heart is in tune with his desires for us (Psalm 37:3-4; 103:1-5; 145:18-19; Proverbs 13:4; John 14:12-14; Jeremiah 29:11).
Here’s the account:
As we were traveling, it was getting close to dinner time and we were discussing where to eat with no consensus. Since our daughter was driving, she was told to just pick something. When she got off at the next exit, which had signs indicating several choices, it soon became obvious that she had no idea where she was going. As we approached the end of the cluster of restaurants, I asked where we were going at which point she whipped across lanes into the parking lot of one of our favorite restaurants (there’d been no previous indication that this restaurant was at this exit).
When I asked her about that later she said she had headed to the last restaurant as the last resort knowing that it would be satisfactory, although not on the short list of everyone’s favorites. She had given up hope trying to find something acceptable to all of us when she suddenly saw a great choice.
A couple of hours later it occurred to me just how sweet she was in wanting to make peace among us and that God had put us in the vicinity of that restaurant to grant her heart’s desire because he’s the ultimate peacemaker making her intentions Godly (Matthew 5:9; James 3:17-18; Romans 14:17-19). The opportunity for peace among us and with God was brought about when God sacrificed, Jesus, his only son, thereby bringing about the desire of his own heart (Ephesians 2:14-18; John 17:20-23).
Then, I recalled the account of Abraham’s demonstration of faith in God when God told him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, and how God granted Abraham the desire of his heart, which were to please God and to keep his son (Hebrews 11:6, 17-19; Genesis 22:1-18). These and other acts of faith demonstrated Abraham’s desire to please God, which is why he’s called God’s friend (James 2:20-24; John 15:14).
Abraham wasn’t perfect, however. In fact, some of his sins were grievous enough to nearly cause others to sin unto death although they were innocent in the matter (Genesis 20:1-18). As Christians we’ll still sin, but if we’re generally living according to God’s will, he’ll continue to wash away our sins so we can remain at peace with him and continue to seek and receive the desires of our hearts (Acts 22:16; 1 John 1:5-9).
I’m glad God reminds us of his love by granting our heart’s desires when they’re Godly (Hebrews 13:20-21).
Are your hearts’ desires in tune with God’s?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org